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Get informed with a good book on money

August 27, 2012

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Finally!!! After all the talk of dogs on roofs and birther conspiracies, maybe we can start talking about real stuff. What do we want government to do? And how will we pay for this? David Wessel, economics reporter for The Wall Street Journal, has a new book. It’s called “Red Ink.” In it he addresses […]

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Jobs are out there if you look at the signs

August 17, 2012

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It happened again! How could we add 163,000 jobs and then see our unemployment rate go up to 8.3 percent? There are three pieces of jobs data that tell us about the condition of the labor market. Two are reported monthly, and one is reported weekly. The weekly number tells us how many new claims […]

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Abstinence-only approach out of date

August 9, 2012

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Years ago, my then-single husband and his friend lamented their desert of a love life. They wanted the love of a good woman but had trouble finding the right one. In the midst of the moaning and groaning, his friend said, “But even Christian girls need sex, too!” Eighty-one school districts in Mississippi have chosen […]

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Chick-fil-A in pickle after recent remarks

August 7, 2012

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I love Chick-Fil-A sandwiches. I think it’s the pickle. That tangy, sour taste combined with a juicy piece of chicken satisfies my hunger pangs every time. My daughter is a devotee, as well. When traveling home from Yankee territory, she gets her fix at the Atlanta airport. If only Mr. Cathy had stuck with chicken […]

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A wham, bam $21 wedding ceremony

July 30, 2012

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Gov. Bryant signed the new “quickie” marriage law. As of July 1, you no longer have to wait 72 hours to go running down the aisle. In fact, there’s no waiting period at all. Pay your $21, sign your name and dash off to the justice of the peace. Wham, bam! You’re hitched. I can […]

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Nothing like a free meal to feed the heart

July 20, 2012

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I never turn down a free meal. It’s there. It’s free. Why would you? Of course, it starts to show after a while. Those free meals can add extra pounds that extract their own price at some point down the road. The Supreme Court has ruled on the Affordable Care Act, and governors around the […]

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Economic news more nuance than extreme

June 24, 2012

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The retail report for May put a damper on economic hopes. For two consecutive months, retail sales fell. With about two-thirds of our economy dependent on consumer spending, this could be an ominous sign. With every bit of economic news released, there is a corresponding headline. It’s either screaming good news, or it’s screaming bad […]

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Bring back the draft: Don’t we all owe it to our country?

June 11, 2012

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A  few weeks ago, we headed to Canton to sit in on a taping of Thacker Mountain Radio. It was a great evening on the square as people of all ages congregated for a night of music and community. The event coincided with the celebration of Armed Services Day. Representatives from each of the armed […]

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Higher prices at the pump mean a better global economy

June 4, 2012

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Gas prices are falling. Thank goodness! Something happens to my psyche when the number at the pump goes over $50, and I have a fuel efficient car and a short commute. Nationally, we only spend about 6 percent of our income on all energy. That includes transportation costs. In Mississippi, the number is a bit […]

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Call it crazy, but J.P. Morgan’s loss is Jamie Dimon’s gain

May 24, 2012

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Jamie Dimon, CEO of JP Morgan, feels really bad about the mistake that occurred on his watch. He felt so bad that he fired a couple people, and he actually apologized to shareholders. I’m sure that an apology from Dimon is like finding a real diamond in the garbage heap — rare, real rare. Dimon […]

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